Dec. 22, 1941 — Feb. 28, 2016
Gary Lee Noble, 74, of Corvallis passed away on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at his home surrounded by loved ones.
Gary was born in San Jose, California, on Dec. 22, 1941, and was the son of the late Cassius George and Frieda Arlene Noble. He met his sweetheart and future wife, Janice "Vonnie" DeVore, during his sophomore year at Arcata High School. Gary and Vonnie were later married on Aug. 21, 1959, in Blue Lake, California. They moved the family to Corvallis in 1969 where Gary worked at the American Can Company located in Halsey. He retired in 2002 from Pope and Talbot in Halsey.
Gary is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janice “Vonnie” Noble; son Ken Noble and daughter-in-law Peggy Noble of Longview, Washington; daughter Deborah Hoy and son-in-law James Hoy of Culpeper, Virginia; daughter Nicole Worley and son-in-law Keith Worley of Lake Havasu, Arizona; grandchildren, Corey Noble, Danielle Bender, Alix Reilly, Kyle Bender, Sylvie Hoy and Tymber Shuey; great-granddaughter Makenna Wall; niece Heather Carter; and loving pet Elly May.
Gary was preceded in death by his sister, Judith Carter.
Gary was a proud life-time member of the National Rifle Association, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Albany Rifle and Pistol Club and the Boone and Crockett Club.
Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing and being in the great outdoors. He was able to enjoy many memorable hunting adventures in the United States, Canada and Alaska; many trips were with his son, Ken.
Gary's passion of precision shooting enabled him to travel throughout the western United States for competitions. He held the title as the National Champion for the 1,000 Yard
Bench Rest, the Oregon State F Class Championship in 2013, and many other awards and recognitions. He was a life-long gun smith and reloader and became well known for developing specialized cartridges.
Gary enjoyed traveling and went on multiple cruises with his wife and family. One of the most memorable cruises was a three-week cruise through the Panama Canal with his wife, Vonnie, in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.
We would like to thank the Benton Hospice for their compassionate care and assistance to Gary and his family. A memorial service will be held for family and friends at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Benton Hospice Service or the American Liver Foundation.